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Tap foursquare for Gift Ideas

Are you among the nine million users of foursquare, the leading check-into-places smartphone app? If yes, try using foursquare to find gift hints from your friends check-ins and tips. Launch foursquare, tap the friends icon, then the friend’s name. Notice that foursquare now shows the five most explored categories and top five check-in locations for your friends. These categories and locations can serve as hints for gift ideas.

Start by tapping Mayorships. See where your friend reigns as mayor — the places that she checked in more days than anyone else on foursquare. If your friend is the mayor of the local Trader Joe’s, consider building a Trader Joe’s gift bag.

Next, check out the Most Explored Categories over the last six months. Tap each category, like Coffee Shops, to see the locations. Does he check into five different Starbucks? Load up a Starbucks card as a gift. How about a gift certificate to the Stir Crazy Asian Grill she frequents every month?

Scroll down to see the Top Places your friend has checked in. Maybe she has shopped at Urban Outfitters five times since January. Now you know she’ll appreciate a UO gift card.

Finally, look through your friends’ foursquare Tips and To-Dos. From a tip, I see one of my friends loves yogurt-covered banana chips from the local natural food co-op. Another friend has a to-do item to visit Penzeys Spices.

Use foursquare to turn your friends’ whereabouts and tips into favorite gifts.

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Gifts for foursquare Fans

While Facebook shuttered its virtual gift shop of beer mug and birthday cake icons on August 1, 2010, another social media darling is now open for business. Foursquare — a location-based, smart phone game that helps you connect with friends, new places and even discounts — announced its online store opening today.

And you’re just not buying Facebook pixel-based presents at this new store. On foursquare, you truly must earn that digital Zoetrope badge by checking into 10 movie theaters on 10 different days. (Hey, it only took me six months.) At the foursquare Online Store, choose from tee shirts, buttons and stickers to give to your foursquare fan.

My favorite tee ($20) touts a key competitive element of the game: the foursquare mayor. Foursquare players use their smart phone to check-in to their current location. The player with the most number of days of check-ins over the last 60 days becomes the foursquare mayor of that place.

That is, until someone bests your daily visits to that store, restaurant or watering hole, dethroning you as mayor. Perhaps the foursquare Online Store should sell a consolation gift tee shirt for us previously ousted mayors. Maybe something like this…